test automation

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Too Much Automation Too Much Test Automation

Test automation can reach a point at which it is no longer supporting organizational goals. Martin Ivison examines four key causes for this unhealthy state and finds out that carefully chosen metrics and a holistic, adaptive, and risk-driven approach go a long way to prevent and remedy this problem.

Martin Ivison's picture Martin Ivison
Man Learning Java for QA Automation Engineers: How to Learn?

If you are a manual tester and want to be a QA automation engineer, learn Java and programming via these 10 steps.

John  Selawsky's picture John Selawsky
As Test Automation Matures, So Do False Positives

In life and in test automation, a lot of things change as you mature—the challenges you face, the types of failures you experience, and the best ways to solve them. Let’s skip the “life lessons” and focus on the test automation angle here

Wolfgang Platz's picture Wolfgang Platz
Java Performance Testing with Your Own Tool

Performance testing is an important procedure to be carried out before approving any software product for shipment. You’ve probably heard some horror stories from senior colleagues about a time when the system was shipped without any performance testing. So now, it is an essential part of your testing. There are various tools for implementing performance testing for non-GUI middleware systems, but there are times we don't have the liberty to choose from an existing set of tools for performance testing

A Primer on Continuous Testing

Continuous testing shortens feedback loops through automated testing that occurs throughout the development lifecycle—hence "continuous." Testing and QA become the responsibility of everyone working on the software, not just testers. Let's look at some proven practices from organizations that have used continuous testing effectively to realize tangible benefits.

Vasudevan Swaminathan's picture Vasudevan Swaminathan
Colorful gears 5 Reasons Enterprise Test Automation Is So Challenging

Most organizations understand that test automation is essential for modern application delivery processes. They’re just not sure how to make it a reality in an enterprise environment without exorbitant overhead and massive disruption. Enterprise organizations typically achieve small victories, but the process ultimately decays due to challenges in five main areas. Understanding these challenges will help us overcome them.

Wolfgang Platz's picture Wolfgang Platz
Automation Software Is Production Software

When it comes to testing, there tends to be a differentiation between “production software” and everything else. But our ideas and principles about testing software are true for all software, not merely the code that will run in front of customers or the APIs that make things happen. Any software built for a purpose needs to be tested against that purpose, including the software running our test automation.

Peter Walen's picture Peter Walen
Smartphone showing the word "ERROR" False Errors in Test Tooling

Traditional GUI automation is linear; it follows a set of steps. The first time you run it, it can't add any value, as the feature isn't done until the automation runs. Once test automation runs a second time, it effectively becomes change detection. This leads to a large number of "failures" that are not actually failures. Whether they are false positives or false negatives, we need a way to fix the automation tooling.

Matthew Heusser's picture Matthew Heusser
Breaking through a fence to see cars speeding on a road Enterprise Test Automation: 4 Ways to Break Through the Top Barriers

How can mature companies with complex systems achieve the level of test automation that modern delivery schedules and processes demand? There are four strategies that have helped many organizations finally break through the test automation barrier: Simplify automation across the technology stack, end the test maintenance nightmare, shift to API testing, and choose the right tools for your needs.

Wolfgang Platz's picture Wolfgang Platz
Person holding a dollar bill The Hidden Costs of Automation

While automation can help you save time and money in your testing activities, there are a few hidden costs that many teams overlook. Aspects that don't have a price tag initially—such as what it will take to learn, adopt, and maintain a new automation tool—will end up costing you in the long run. Think through these considerations and answer some questions before jumping into your automation initiative.

Ajay Balamurugadas's picture Ajay Balamurugadas

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